Aug 9 2016
Wilmington, North Carolina:
At Wilmington today Mr Trump appeared to issue a veiled suggestion inciting ‘The second amendment people’ to insurgency. So the speech at the rally in Wilmington NC was caught on video, and is now appearing on many outlets, with reporters spinning whatever bias they wish to with it. So, the direct quote as seen by this reporter (yours truly), to wit:
“Hillary wants to essentially Abolish the second amendment; by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, *shrugs* nothing you can do folks” Mr Trump continued; “Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know”
First, let’s pick this apart contextually! As he relates, the statement, “Hillary wants to abolish the 2nd amendment,” this has already been fact checked, and it is false. I check the headlines daily; especially the political news, I also check the election section of several media outlets. From what I have noted, there has been no reporting of statements from Mrs Clinton along these lines. Second, in the context of the statement it has Mrs Clinton, in the White-house, picking judges, that presumably trample all over our rights to bear arms. Then immediately following that, the statement; “Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” This appears to be a reference to ‘the right to bear arms,’ following that with “maybe there is, I don’t know” it suggests that Mr Trump is issuing a coded message to the 2nd amendment people to do so, bear arms, and presumably use them. The campaign acted swiftly to give a better spin to Mr Trumps statement, releasing the following statement;
“Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” said Mr. Trump’s spokesman, Jason Miller. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
Now this is all well and good, come out with something before Mr Trump had the chance to double down on his rhetoric. But as I related in my contextual analyses, this doesn’t fit with Mr Trumps statement. First the statement refers to a Clinton administration already in progress; second, Mr Trump has shown his ability to turn a slogan into a campaign moment, viz “Don’t say lock her up; vote! He didn’t go there; instead making a veiled suggestion, that there may be need for ‘bearing arms,’ to preserve our god given right to kill something. That’s what firearms most oft do, kill something. Let’s take another look at Mr Trumps character as characterized by some of his other public statements; “I would bring back waterboarding and even more extreme enhanced interrogation methods” “it’s okay to kill the families of the enemy” “it just may be that a nuclear preemptive strike is the way to go”. It’s been said before; ‘you can judge a man by the words that come out of his mouth,’ Based on these remarks, the candidate has established a history of inciting violence. Mr Trump has been a public figure for decades, his character has been on display for decades. Is this the man we want to be the Commander in Chief, the man with the nuclear codes at his fingers night and day? You decide!
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